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The Skillfulness of Virtue
Improving our Moral and Epistemic Lives


  • Date Published: October 2018
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108472371

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  • The Skillfulness of Virtue provides a new framework for understanding virtue as a skill, based on psychological research on self-regulation and expertise. Matt Stichter lays the foundations of his argument by bringing together theories of self-regulation and skill acquisition, which he then uses as grounds to discuss virtue development as a process of skill acquisition. This account of virtue as skill has important implications for debates about virtue in both virtue ethics and virtue epistemology. Furthermore, it engages seriously with criticisms of virtue theory that arise in moral psychology, as psychological experiments reveal that there are many obstacles to acting and thinking well, even for those with the best of intentions. Stichter draws on self-regulation strategies and examples of deliberate practice in skill acquisition to show how we can overcome some of these obstacles, and become more skillful in our moral and epistemic virtues.

    • Proposes a new framework for understanding virtue as a skill, grounded in psychological research on self-regulation and expertise
    • Draws on self-regulation strategies and examples of deliberate practice in skill acquisition to show how we can improve our moral and epistemic virtues
    • Fosters interdisciplinary work on virtue as skill in moral psychology
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    Product details

    • Date Published: October 2018
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108472371
    • length: 206 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 157 x 14 mm
    • weight: 0.48kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Self-regulation and expertise
    2. Moral virtues as skills
    3. Motivation in skill and virtue
    4. Skills and practical wisdom
    5. The situationist critique of virtue.

  • Author

    Matt Stichter, Washington State University
    Matt Stichter is Associate Professor in the School of Politics, Philosophy and Public Affairs at Washington State University. He is the author of a number of journal articles and book chapters in ethical theory.

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